Our Team

Our talented and dedicated team is hard at work bringing our region together.

Brian Carroll


Brian is a results-driven leader with extensive experience and success in driving strategic and operational excellence. Brian loves helping people plan, optimize, and launch new initiatives.

Dr. William Aderholdt

Director, PMO

William is a driving force. He manages our land assets, identifies and maintains our partner relationships, and leads Grand Farm's Program Management Office (PMO) as Director.

Andrew Jason

Ecosystems Director

After spending 8 years at Spotlight Media as the Editorial Director, Andrew joined the Grand Farm team focusing on planning and executing new initiatives and our many events and meetups.

Dr. Ruchi Joshi Bhardwaj

Grants and Education Coordinator

Ruchi hails from India (7,203 miles from Fargo) and believes strongly in the Fargo community after residing here for 12 years. She works to identify funding opportunities and other potential projects.

Nathan Marcotte

Startup Coordinator

Nathan is our boots-on-the-ground for supporting the many startups and entrepreneurs that Grand Farm works with. He establishes relationships and ensures that their needs are met and accelerated.

Matt Wendel

Director of Communications & Marketing

Matt tells the story of Grand Farm and its partners and executes our communications and marketing strategy.

Greg Tehven

CEO, Emerging Prairie

Greg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Emerging Prairie, and supports Grand Farm through strategy, leadership, and supporting our relationships with our partners.

Our Board of Directors

Made up of supporters, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. These folks guide our work forward.

Mike Derheim

Board Chair

Co-Founder of Prime Digital Academy

Taya Spelhaug

Board Member

TechSpark Manager at Microsoft

Jay Schuler

Board Member

Regional Ag Entrepreneur

Cynthia Schreiber-Beck

Board Member

North Dakota State Representative

Mark Watne

Board Member

President, North Dakota Farmers Union